By Captain, Coach and Professor Floyd Jay Winters

Private Sailing Lessons

Learn on an easy-to-sail 17-foot WindRider Trimaran sailboat or on the classic Sunfish. The WindRider 17 is very stable and forgiving beach-launched sailboat, rigged with both a mainsail and a jib. Captain F Jay Winters also gives lessons on the single-sail 14-foot Sunfish and the faster Laser sailboats. Lessons are given at Bimini Bay Sailing on Anna Maria Island, minutes away from Bradenton, Sarasota, and Longboat Key. For private sailing lessons, contact Jay at and he will call you back quickly.

Captain Jay has taught small sailboat sailing at Bimini Bay Sailing to hundreds of students, ranging in age from as young as 7 to over 70. Most instruction is offered on 17-foot WindRider trimarans, 14-foot Sunfish and Lasers. He also teaches a Beginners Sailing course, a Sail Trim course, and America's Boating Course for the Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron. Jay has sailed, crewed, and raced on all sizes of boats, ranging from the 14-foot Sunfish to 36-foot keelboats to the historic 122-foot Baltimore Clipper Schooner, the Privateer Lynx.

Trimarans and Sunfish Sailboats in a row
Trimarans and Sunfish Sailboats ready to sail

If you or your child want to learn to sail on a pram, dinghy or a small sailboat, and if you are in the Bradenton, Palmetto, Sarasota, Longboat Key, Anna Maria area, feel free to contact Captain Jay for personalized sailing lessons on either a WindRider 17 or a Sunfish or a Laser. With Jay's coaching techniques, the average new sailor can learn to sail a WindRider Trimaran in two to three hours. The average student can learn to sail a Sunfish in three to five hours. And of course, purchasing the Learn Sailing Fun And Easy book beforehand will make the experience even more enjoyable.